As is being heard throughout government halls these days, the coronavirus pandemic remains a fluid situation.

But as of press time for this edition, the numbers were on the positive side for Gulf County.

Gulf and Franklin counties remain without any confirmed cases, according to the Florida Department of Health.

However, Sarah Hinds, administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties, said “we are continuing to see an increase in testing.”

She added that the county department is sharing testing kits with several other facilities and counties and a concern is a surge in testing based on the state criteria, adding more test kits were in the pipeline.

As of press time, Gulf County had seen 18 tests performed on those who met the state criteria for testing.

Of those 18, all but one was performed on county residents.

Of those, 12 tests came back negative and six are pending

Hinds noted that the first presumptive positive in the state was March 2; as of press time for this newspaper, the state had 1,467 confirmed cases.

A cluster in Southeast Florida, including Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade has seen the most cases in the state.

There have been 20 deaths statewide.

In total, as of press time, 16,046 tests had been administered statewide with 1,467 positives and results pending on another 1,221.

Hinds also said that Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf and the health department had been working on identifying a potential alternate site in the case of a surge of cases in the county.

Check the update numbers at the FDOH dashboard at